2020/2021 Black Squirrel Farms building

This is how the structure will look once built.

We’re building a small house on top of a small black walnut processing plant. Each floor will be just 600 ft2. The design is inspired by the tiny house movement which is itself driven by intentional down-sizing and simplification with limited space being a feature, not a bug. Black walnut shelling, sorting and packaging which happens in a 600 ft2 space will by definition be small-scale and replicable and we will design the process to fit the space. A high quality yet space-limited residence will be welcoming, comfortable and also encourage more time spent outdoors. This building will accent, not overwhelm, the property. At Black Squirrel Farms, we’re developing a landscape, not a building.

The building shell is scheduled for construction Q4 2020 and will be built by Russell Builders of Geneva, NY.

The two floors are atmospherically isolated from each other and individually vented. The HVAC approach is ductless. The wraparound patio is comparatively large to support the plan that shell processing will happen outside. The first-floor staff restroom has its own door, is atmospherically isolated from the processing floor and separately vented (left door on the building rear view). We will be using town water. The rear view of the building below shows that we have moved the stairway to the second floor outdoors; each floor has unique access, another design aspect which makes this two small buildings in one. If we can figure out how to make black walnut processing work here, supported by this building, it can be done anywhere.

Rear view of building – looking from the west, towards Seneca Lake.